Stephen Clair and the Pushbacks – It’s Only Christmas:
“It’s Only Christmas”
Not your mom’s holiday song.
Stephen Clair and The Pushbacks sparkles with rich, restrained guitar work. It has a deep pop sensibility, leavened with a writer’s eye for detail; and the horns, keys and harmonies add a keen thumbprint to what Bloodshot Records’ Nan Warshaw calls, “literary, story-telling songs like Chuck Prophet, with a range of feeling from Steve Forbert to Alejandro Escovedo.” Clair—“a fearless performer” according to the San Antonio Express—has spent his lifetime telling stories, and his new album is a carom from the days when radio could save your life and a song was all you needed. Stephen Clair writes those songs.